A machine feeder adds chemicals, materials, or ingredients to a machine or equipment during the manufacturing process. These workers work with all different types of materials in the production process. Depending on the type of material being processed or manufactured, employees use different devices to add ingredients and materials to the machinery.
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Machine feeders work in an industrial factory. They perform different types of tasks to 'feed' or load machines for the manufacturing of products. Machine feeders work with all sorts of chemicals, ingredients, and materials. Sometimes the machines that they feed materials into are called hoppers.
There are several specifics of this type of job. Different manufacturers run different types of machines, depending on the type of industry. Some machines require for the feeder to add ingredients and materials into the machine by hand. Some require the use of other methods to load the machine.
Some machine feeders are required to load the machines or conveyors with materials and ingredients through machines like a forklift. This is normally required where there are mass amounts of materials, ingredients, and solutions to be added to the machine at one time. Often forklifts are needed when large materials are added to the machine or conveyor.
Once the materials have been loaded into the machine, they are responsible for controlling the machine. This type of employment also calls for the running of specific controls that start, stop, and pause the machine so that they can adjust the materials or fix any loading issues with the machine.
They are also responsible for the unloading of the finished goods from the machine. These employees may have to load boxes on a forklift and load them onto trucks and conveyor belts. In some instances, they also may be required to use larger machinery to scoop up raw materials to add to the machinery.
The machine feeder is also responsible for maintaining and cleaning all machinery and equipment in their work area. The machine feeders are also required to keep accurate manufacturing records of ingredient and material amounts and how much product has been produced.
Machine feeders often must measure ingredients, solutions, and materials to add to the machine. This work requires the use of industrial scales, liquid measuring devices, or even ruler measurements. A person must accurately measure each ingredient according to the machine and the product that is being manufactured.
The requirements for a machine feeder vary by country and by state. Most machine feeder positions do not require any type of formal education. Other than a high school diploma, there is no trade school or degree that must be obtained.
Most machine feed jobs are obtained through a hands-on study and learning under an experienced machine feeder. Many of the jobs require approximately one year of study under an experienced machine feeder, at which point they are able to work on their own. While they are training they are exposed to all of the aspects of the job, from loading the machines, to the running of them as well. This allows the machine feeder to fully understand all of the duties and aspects of the job before they are placed on duty alone.
Machine feeders must have the strength to lift large loads to add to the machine. They must also have the ability to drive and operate forklifts and other machinery to transport goods. Machine feeders must have good hand-eye coordination to carry out the duties of the job throughout the day.
This type of employment also calls for some math skills in the weighing and recording of ingredients, solutions, and materials. Machine feeders must calculate the correct proportions of materials to be added to the machine to create the finished product. They may also be responsible for calculating different mixes of ingredients to gain the correct mixture ratios for the machine.